Tata Motors inks five-year research programme with IIT BHU

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 07 Dec 2017

Gajendra Chandel, chief HR officer, Tata Motors and Prof. Rajeev Sangal, IIT (BHU) Varanasi director with the Memorandum of Understanding aimed at introducing innovative programs in education and rese

Tata Motors has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, for the introduction of innovative programs in education and research. The automaker and the academic institution will work together with an aim to cater to future engineering needs of industry and academia.

The MoU for a period of five years will see joint R&D projects undertaken for development of new technologies in various engineering domains. Gajendra Chandel, chief human resource officer, Tata Motors, and Professor Rajeev Sangal, director, IIT (BHU), signed the MoU.

Commenting on this association, Gajendra Chandel said, “The automotive industry in India is continuously evolving with a rapid shift towards digital, analytics, AI, AR and VR, which means making connected vehicles and driverless vehicles a reality. With such fast-changing technologies and market conditions, we understand the need to articulate a clear roadmap towards a world-class, competent, talented and innovative workforce. Through this MoU, we intend to have a multi-dimensional partnership with IIT BHU, which will help us retain our competitive edge and develop next-gen engineering skills, not only within the company but also that of our academic partners with future-ready faculties while simultaneously fulfilling our vision and mission to create a future-ready organisation.”

He added, “This partnership will help us bridge the gap between academic excellence and business know-how, to create industry ready resources, preparing the Indian industry to compete at a global platform.”

Prof. Rajeev Sangal, IIT (BHU) Varanasi director, said, “We look forward to partnering with Tata Motors in this uniquely collaborative program. The partnership will enable joint research in specific areas which will feed into the future products of Tata Motors, as well as advanced training of students. The faculty and students will greatly benefit by exposure to current industry practices and the roadmap of the future growth of the industry. At the end of the program we will have created a talent pool which is ahead of the curve, acquiring advanced knowledge, and narrowing the skills-gap."